Welcome to Beesource. I'm sure you'll find this to be a great source of information on bees and beekeeping. Be sure to check out the "How to Start Beekeeping" subforum - there are threads of recommendations/suggestions on most of the basics.
Also, check your local library for books & videos on beekeeping. Winter is a good time to learn.
Most importantly, get involved with a local bee club. Clubs often offer beginning beekeeping classes, and are great places to find mentors and get connected with local beeks. Much of beekeeping is location-specific, so the locals are your best source of info for what works best in your area. Check these out: